My kid and adult-approved Coconut Cupcakes

Natasha Asselstine Nutrition | Coconut Cupcakes #dairy free #gluten free #gaps #paleo #scdI can’t believe this is my first post since March! I’ve had so much to share but my time was taken with other things… my Spring was busy with design work (my other business is a custom cookbook design business, Heirloom Publications) and my Summer with in-person nutrition clients. All so great, but it took me away from my blog for longer than I anticipated.

Until now. I recently made these coconut cupcakes that were so delicious I knew I had to make the time to get the recipe up on here.

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Upcoming pregnancy workshop with Crowning Glory Doula

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Two major factors that can improve pregnancy outcomes are the nutritional status of the mother, and the emotional and social support she receives. The World Health Organization recommends that people who are pregnant receive nutritional education and counseling, as well as ongoing and consistent care from a qualified health practitioner in order to achieve positive outcomes in pregnancy.

Michelle Tyliakos of Crowning Glory Doula and I have teamed up to offer a four-part series that provides parents-to-be (and those preparing for pregnancy!) with social, emotional and nutritional information to support the mother and growing baby – all the way from pre-conception to post-partum.

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My latest cover feature in Edible Magazine

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Despite what feels like an endless Winter in Vancouver this year (which I, admittedly, enjoy to the core) Spring is on its way. Edible Magazine‘s Almost Spring issue is now out on news stands, and I am honoured to have another feature on the cover – especially as it’s a photo of my mother’s hands.

My mom is the source of my wellness inspiration, and has taught me the value of good food and health since I was little (advice that I regrettably didn’t put into practice until later years!). My article is all about how she expresses her love for her family through food, the traditional Persian meals she prepares (that are bursting with essential nutrients at this time of the year), and why Persian New Year – celebrated on the first day of Spring – is my preferred time to start a new chapter.

You can find the hard copy all over town, and the digital version here.

 

Why are we so overwhelmed?

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I often hear my mom comment to my sister during a particularly stressful episode with her (much-adored) grandchildren that, “It wasn’t like this raising you two.”

Overwhelm seems to be the plague of the 21st century in North America. For most of us, life has never been more convenient than it is today, and yet many of us struggle with keeping our head above water. Sometimes we’re even paralyzed by our daily to-do lists. Why is that?

I think there are many reasons for this:

  • too much choice can cause paralysis (as outlined in The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz)
  • endless access to information and entertainment, and comparing ourselves to others
  • working and raising children simultaneously
  • constant communication in the form of phone calls, emails, texts and social media alerts

Rarely does anyone feel bored anymore.

But there’s another thread to overwhelm that I hadn’t recognized until I became a Nutritionist.

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Sign up now for the 2017 West Coast Cleanse!

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Hey everyone! I’m so excited (once again) to be unveiling a project that I’ve been super eager to launch. I’ve created another product to encourage living in harmony with the seasons. It is the 2017 West Coast Cleanse and it is designed for those of us living in and around Metro Vancouver.

January is coming up soon and is a very popular time to cleanse, given that we often overindulge over the holiday season, which leaves us feeling heavy, groggy and in the need of an extreme fix! But doing it incorrectly during the dead of winter can be harsh on our systems.

I have designed the 2017 West Coast Cleanse for people to gain the benefits of cleansing while also staying in harmony with the seasons!

Cleansing is an important practice for overall wellness. Our eliminatory organs (the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and bowels) must get rid of environmental toxins as well as harmful chemicals produced internally as a byproduct of some metabolic processes.

I’d say that it’s now, more than ever before, important to take the time to cleanse the body. Here’s why:

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Mom knows best: 7 tried and true recipes for fussy eaters (that are gluten, soy, casein and sugar-free, too)

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I recently wrote a blog post on Vitalia’s website about the possible underlying causes of fussy eating and what can be done about it. It is thought that fussy eating can be the result of nutritional deficiencies. One mom I know (actually, she’s my sister!) has fully embraced this theory and has been adding nutrients (while reducing common allergens and irritants) to her five-year-old son’s diet over the past six months. She has experimented with many different recipes and has now found several that her children absolutely love!

Here are the recipes that my sis swears by for fussy kids that are also gluten-free, soy-free, casein-free and refined sugar-free – or have the option to be! Hopefully this will save you some trial and error in the kitchen…

(And yes, in case you’re wondering, my nephew is not much of a fussy eater anymore! In fact, he lights up when presented with a delicious but healthful smoothie from Buddha-Full. So amazing!)

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Easy weekday dinner: Coconut Chickpea Curry

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At this time of the year when it’s already dark when you get home from work, my husband and I don’t always feel like cooking. So we welcome easy, healthful and hearty meals that can be made in big batches and last for a few days!

This is one of our favourites.

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